The Age of the Warrior; An Interview with Robert Fisk

“All I have is a voice, To undo the folded lie.” The words of W.H Audenseem an apt description of the work of Robert Fisk. The most decorated British foreign correspondent, Fisk has been based in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years, and his knowledge of the area is unparalleled. Working for British The Independent newspaper He has interviewed Osama bin Laden three times, once in the Sudan and twice in Afghanistan, Bin Laden seemingly believing he is the only western journalist he could trust to be fair.

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Manufacturing Dissent; An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Sixty books, hundreds of academic papers, thousands of lectures, interviews and talks over five continents and five decades: at 80, Noam Chomsky is an intellectual, cultural and personal phenomenon. When he spoke in Dublin recently, thousands of people battled for tickets to attend his lectures.

Chomsky is the child of working class Jewish refugees from Tsarist pogroms, and has spent much of his career lending his academic prestige to a relentless campaign against his own country’s barbarities abroad.  Not surprisingly, he has been repaid with either denunciation or, far more typically, silence.

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Left to Die in Guantanamo Bay; An interview with Moazzam Begg

“I had my hands tied behind my back with my legs,” explains Moazzam Begg, “I was hogtied, hooded and beaten. I was interrogated in a room with a woman screaming next door. I was led to believe that this was my wife being tortured.”
Begg was on holiday with his family in Pakistan when he was abducted from his home by men who accused him of being involved in the training of al-Qaeda soldiers.
“There was a knock on the door at midnight; I opened the door to be greeted by several non-uniformed armed men. They held a gun to my head and pushed me to the ground, and a hood was put over my head. I was then thrown into the back of a car, all in front of my wife and children.”
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Darkness at noon; Life inside Mountjoy prison (part 2)

“I’m serving a ten-year sentence,” explains prisoner Mick Byrne, “But I’ll probably serve seven years. I was involved in an armed robbery. This is my second ten-year sentence, the other one was for armed robbery too, and I did two years in England before ending up back in here.”
The sounds of the prison itself can be heard in the background as the conversation continues. He talks about how the prison has changed in recent years. “It’s completely different, you used to be able to have a bit of banter but that’s almost gone now,” he remarks.
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Darkness at noon; life inside Mountjoy prison (part 1)

“It’s a university for crime,” explains one of the guards as we stride through Mountjoy Prison. “It’s like doing an apprenticeship really. You come in, do your time, and learn your trade,” adds another. Welcome to Mountjoy prison.
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Death in an Irish town; the Omagh bombings (part 2)

“I saw her lying face down in the rubble, I knew she was dead,” he recalls, “I couldn’t see my daughter; I didn’t get her for two hours after. The thing that sticks with me to this day is the cries of pain and the smell, the smell of burning flesh. It’s the last thing I think about at night and the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning.”
Kevin Skelton left his house on Saturday August 15th, 1998 to get a pair of shoes for his daughter. A few hours later, he had lost his wife Philomena. She left behind a husband and three daughters.
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Death in an Irish town; the Omagh Bombings (part 1)

“As he walked down the hall, he looked back and said, ‘I won’t be long’. I think that memory, when he looked around for the last time, will be the one that always stays with us.” Aidan Gallagher was 21 when he died, a loss that still haunts his father Michael.
On that Saturday morning, Aidan had been in town to buy a pair of jeans. “At about half one in the afternoon, I was working in the garage, and the next thing I heard was a massive explosion. For a second it stunned me, although I knew it was an explosion. Then I got into the car to drive home. As I was driving home, I drove towards Omagh and I could see smoke rising in the distance, but I had no concept of where it was.
“I arrived home and my younger daughter was there. She had been in town that morning, standing in the exact spot, at a greengrocer there called the Salad Bowl. Then we heard the helicopters and the sirens and about ten minutes later we put on the news. It was saying that there had been a bomb exploded in Omagh town centre and that there were fatalities. The death-toll began to rise, and I said, ‘Turn off the news and don’t turn it on again.’”
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The Mother from Hell; An interview with Ken Doyle

Edgar Allen Poe once wrote;
“Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me”
For most a Mother is a vital part of nurturing their lives, for Ken Doyle she was responsible for destroying his.
Two brothers, Ken and Patrick Doyle, from Tullamore in Co, Offaly, were severely abused and neglected by their mother, the Christian Brothers, the Gardai, and the Midland Health Board. During their childhood, the brothers were starved, tortured, brutally beaten, and forced to steal by their mother.
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Keeping the peace; Irelands role in Chad

Its 6:30 am, the early morning heat bakes the barren surrounding landscape. A partitioning wall separates a camp of tents from the chaos outside as the 99th infantry battalion goes through their early morning parade. Welcome to Chad.
In august 2007 the Irish government deployed 200 soldiers as part of the United Nations effort to establish peace between Chad and Darfur. Ireland has deployed the second largest contingent of troops, after France, conducting Peace keeping operations in the troubled region.
“Our role was of an infantry platoon” states Lt. Sarah Jane Comerford who took charge of the mortar division of the Irish deployment between January and May 2009.
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